I’ve chosen to elaborate on one interesting thought/commentary from each of the three readings.
The following quote resonates with my own writing process: “The most engaging writers are almost invariably those who pay the closet attention to the real people – specialists and nonspecialists- colleagues and strangers- in whose ears their own words will echo.” I have always been told that the best writers can predict what their readers will be thinking. This way, you can answer their questions as they arise. I love when I have a question while reading a piece that is very soon after answered. It is helpful to be in sync with an author and employ the say thinking progression.
I appreciate the metephor of a sentence being like a bridge, or if written poorly, like a log. The imagery emphasizes the linear and logical progression while reading a piece of work – you go from the beginning of one sentence to the end of it, and moving on once understood. If you can’t get through a sentence, it is easy to miss the larger picture of the work. Therefore, we need to eliminate the clutter in sentences and always be clear.
I agree with the author that a title is equivalent to a first impression. I think of newspapers, magazines, academic journals, etc., and can’t help but start my evaluation of the piece by how its information is captured by a sentence or a mere couple of words. I always find myself balancing my titles between engaging the reader and informing them. I’ve recently learned from my English 225 class that often times two-tiered titles allow you to do both effectively. I like having the first line as something catchy and witty, and then in the second line providing more specifics.
Overall, all three of these readings provide fundamental writing advice that I believe all writers ought to follow.